Course Scope and Objectives

This program is based on the most common presentations in the pediatric population seen throughout emergency departments in Canada as well as to identify and address the most common concerns of the adult emergency nurse when caring for the pediatric population.

Course Purpose

The purpose of the course is to provide a standardized approach to the pediatric patient, focusing on the assessment, skills, ongoing care, and gaps in care common to this population.

Course Participants

The intended participants for this course are Registered Nurses working in (or interested in working in) a primarily adult care emergency department where pediatric patients present but are not the majority of the patient population. Other professions and emergency department staff are welcome to attend; however, only Registered Nurses can receive certification in the course.


Course Format

The course is a mixture of pre-course online modules, classroom, small group case practice/discussion, and psychomotor skill stations covering the following topics:


Pre-Course Learning Includes:


This content is a part of the Foundations, Trauma and Pediatrics Programs

  • Introduction to the EPICC Programs
  • EPICC Assessment Framework
  • Communication, Teamwork and Crisis Resource Management Skills
  • Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation Skills
  • Vascular Access
  • Infection Control
  • Common Pediatric Presentations
  • Injury Prevention/Health Promotion
  • Contrast and Comparison of Pediatrics and Adult Patient Populations
  • Early Recognition of Deterioration
  • Fluid and Medication Calculations and Resources
  • Recognition of Maltreatment
  • Resiliency and Professional Growth/Development
  • Neurological Injuries and Illnesses
  • Fever/Infectious Diseases
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Pediatric specific Trauma/Burn Care
  • GI/GU presentations
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Pain Management in Children
  • Facilitating Care in Uncooperative Children/Moral Distress
  • Discussions with Caregivers, Challenging conversations
  • Skill Stations on Fluid Management/IV insertion/Positioning
  • Medications/Resources
  • Mental Health/Special Populations
  • Infant-Child
  • RSV
  • Hypovolemia/Rehydration therapies
  • Head Injuries and Concussion Management
  • Ingestions of Foreign Bodies


In-person sessions will focus on simulation, small and large group discussions about patient presentations and issues common to the emergency department environment.

Course Length and Evaluation

Online pre-course content can range from 4-8 hours depending on the level of detail sought.  The attended portion of the class is two days in length.  There is no pre-requisite to attend.  There is no written exam; however, there is an individualized evaluation process throughout the course.